FUN IN THE SUN: Natalie Quattromani, Renee Thompson, Tiahna Hubbard and Skye Houliston head to Torquay Beach for a swim.
FUN IN THE SUN: Natalie Quattromani, Renee Thompson, Tiahna Hubbard and Skye Houliston head to Torquay Beach for a swim. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Top 20 things to keep the kids occupied these holidays

20 VISIT the beautiful beaches of the Fraser Coast this school holidays, from the beauty of the Hervey Bay foreshore to Toogoom, Burrum Heads, Poona, Boonooroo and Dundowran.

19 WetSide Water Park is the perfect place to spend the day with the whole family. The park includes a special area for under 5s called TotSide and the FlipSide BoardRider wave machine.

18 Vic Hislop's iconic Shark Show at Urangan is always worth a look. Featuring a frozen great white shark, articles from the past and much more, entry is $15 for adults and $7 for children.

17 Hervey Bay's Reefworld Aquarium which houses numerous tanks and a huge pool at the rear of the building with turtles that can be hand fed - and if you're daring enough a swim with the sharks.

Visit Hervey Bay's Reefworld Aquarium
Visit Hervey Bay's Reefworld Aquarium Alistair Brightman

16 The Bamboo Land nursery is situated on a four hectare property which has been landscaped into a bamboo paradise. Most of the property is filled with a network of small walkways surrounded by gardens which are just bursting with greenery. Visitors can bring a picnic to enjoy on the many available picnic tables along the Burrum River and throughout the gardens.

15 The Hervey Bay or Maryborough Aquatic Centre is a great place to spend the day. It has a 50m lap pool and 25m heated pool with ramp access as well as a children's play area.

Cool off at the Aquatic Centre
Cool off at the Aquatic Centre Robyne Cuerel

14 For a fun day out for all family members, you must give the Hervey Bay Go Karts on the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd a go. With a giant 120m waterslide on the grounds as well, you can cool off after all that hard work racing.

13 The Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum is an enchanting place to visit for everyone. Taken back in time you will see over 3000 displays from the early years in the Wide Bay area. On Sundays from 1pm - 3pm you can see wood turning, blacksmithing, log sawing and other demonstrations. Entry is $3 for children and $10 for adults.

12 Anzac Park and Ululah Lagoon has a skate bowl, children's fort, flying fox and other play equipment, barbecues, picnic facilities and toilet blocks.

The lagoon is now surrounded by a walk and cycle path which is also frequently in use by the abundant wildlife who make the lagoon home.

11 Spend time in Maryborough's iconic Queen's Park. Enjoy the fernery waterfall and lily pond, and the lace-trimmed band rotunda built in 1890.

10 Wook-Koo Park at Oakhurst has life-sized statues of settlers, farm animals, native animals and a giant wooden carving of Wook-Koo, who according to Aboriginal legend was the area's first inhabitant. The park has tennis courts, barbecue facilities, toilets and children's playground.

Brooweena Historical Village and Museum at Brooweena has an extensive array of memorabilia, farming equipment, musical instruments and aboriginal rock carvings, housed in a collection of 12 heritage buildings in a tranquil bush setting.

8 Spend time at the Owanyilla Riverside Park on the banks of the Mary River. You can find it by travelling along Old Gympie Road, just off the Bruce Highway near the Glenorchy Straight. There are picnic facilities and a jetty for swimming and canoeing.

7 The Fraser Coast Wild-life Sanctuary has a host of amazing animals for the public to see, including wallabies, dingoes, emus and kangaroos.

6 Walk the length of Hervey Bay's famous and historic Urangan Pier. It is one of the longest in Australia and stretches for almost a kilometre out into the ocean.

Walk the Urangan Pier
Walk the Urangan Pier Valerie Horton

5 The unusual, the quirky and eclectic are among 7000 items of military and colonial memorabilia which form displays of exceptional quality at the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum.

4 Situated on 26 hectares in Elizabeth St, Urangan, the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens display plants of the Wide Bay and Great Sandy Strait regions.

Facilities include seating, toilets, tables, shelters and barbecues.

3 The Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere gives adults and children alike the opportunity to be inspired by the uniqueness of World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait, learn about humpback whales and explore the fragile and the Mary River ecosystem.

2 Visit Takura's Australiana Cottage Crafts and Herb Farm for the chance to pat a farm animal, see demonstrations and do some native bird watching

1 Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough and Hervey Bay Regional Gallery are the perfect places to take the kids to enjoy artwork this school holidays.

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